The drilling of oil and gas in the islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja in the Northern Sea has been a huge topic during the elections of September 2017 in Norway. Environmental groups such as Folkeaksjon, Nature and Youth, Friends of the Earth Norway and others have gone very strong to stop the research for drilling up North, claiming among other things that the oil … Continue reading Environmental Win: Oil Drilling in Northern Norway Stopped!!
When the #MeToo movement took off I really wondered what would happen in Norway. As I wrote several years ago, it can be a true joy to be a woman in Norway. It seemed to me like politicians, radio and television people as well as other people in power would be less likely to use that power in order to harass people sexually in this … Continue reading What do #MeToo Scandals look like in Norway, World Gender Equality Champion?
I am often asked by foreigners whether Norway is a champion or a devil when it comes to environmental protection. I can’t blame them, Norway seems schizophrenic on the topic of environment. On the one hand Norway has this image of champion at protecting the environment, with pictures of fjords and pure water to advertise for its country, which is undoubtedly one of the most … Continue reading Environment: The End of Norway’s Double Standard?
“Of course I am a feminist” says a man with a blond beard, in front of his colleagues. Okay, well. Thank you for sharing Bjørn-Olav! This scene is not from a science-fiction movie. It is an every day scene in the country where I have lived in for almost 8 years: Norway. In my home country France, feminist is a dirty word. Women don’t want … Continue reading Norway, the Country where Men are Feminists. Even Footballers.
In case you have not noticed, Norway will be electing its Prime Minister next week on Monday the 11th of September. The last time this kind of election took place in Norway it was 4 years ago, and back then I was just understanding which colour was associated to which party. Although I still don’t have the right to vote in this election (you need … Continue reading Understanding the 2017 National Norwegian Elections – for confused foreigners.
Every now and then, the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik comes up with new ideas to get the press talk about him. Last year he filed a complaint, claiming that he was being tortured by the Norwegian authorities in jail. Now he is changing his name to something quite unexpected. For those who need a little reminder, Breivik is the guy who made a … Continue reading Why did Anders Behring Breivik officially change his name to “Idiot”?
Tonight the results of the French Presidential election were made public: Emmanuel Macron, the head of the center-right party En March!, and Marine Le Pen, head of the National Front (far-right and nationalist) are both qualified for the second round with respectively over 23% and 21% of the votes. Many voters including myself are relieved to see that a candidate as moderate as Macron will be … Continue reading 5 Reasons Marine Le Pen can win the French election against Macron.
French people are confusing. They drink wine at lunch and don’t think they are alcoholics. They each lots of fat cheese and stay slim. And their political life is full of mistresses and other surprises. One of the things foreign journalists do not seem to understand about French politics is that nobody can predict what is going to happen. Remember the French presidential election … Continue reading Is France’s Next President a female Trump after all?
The first time I saw Sunita she was begging on the street below my office. Like many others she had a little paper cup and a picture of a baby, waiting for a few kroners to fall in. But unlike those I see around my office in central Oslo, she was young. She had beautiful green eyes and long black hair, and a straight forward look. It was … Continue reading What to do with Roma People in the Winter?
One’s first first reaction in these circumstances is to make sure one’s family members and friends are fine. The 7 areas of Paris where the attacks occurred started turning around in my head: is any of my friends likely to have attended the rock concert at The Bataclan last night? Could any of my family members have been in the Cambodgian restaurant where people got shot … Continue reading 2015. The Year that Traumatised France